# Chen's theorem

Chen's theorem The statue of Chen Jingrun at Xiamen University.

In number theory, Chen's theorem states that every sufficiently large even number can be written as the sum of either two primes, or a prime and a semiprime (the product of two primes).

Contents 1 History 2 Variations 3 References 3.1 Citations 3.2 Books 4 External links History The theorem was first stated by Chinese mathematician Chen Jingrun in 1966,[1] with further details of the proof in 1973.[2] His original proof was much simplified by P. M. Ross in 1975.[3] Chen's theorem is a giant step towards the Goldbach's conjecture, and a remarkable result of the sieve methods.

Chen's theorem represents the strengthening of a previous result due to Alfréd Rényi, who in 1947 had showed there exists a finite K such that any even number can be written as the sum of a prime number and the product of at most K primes.[4] Variations Chen's 1973 paper stated two results with nearly identical proofs.[2]: 158 His Theorem I, on the Goldbach conjecture, was stated above. His Theorem II is a result on the twin prime conjecture. It states that if h is a positive even integer, there are infinitely many primes p such that p + h is either prime or the product of two primes.

Ying Chun Cai proved the following in 2002:[5] There exists a natural number N such that every even integer n larger than N is a sum of a prime less than or equal to n0.95 and a number with at most two prime factors.

Tomohiro Yamada proved the following explicit version of Chen's theorem in 2015:[6] Every even number greater than {displaystyle e^{e^{36}}approx 1.7cdot 10^{1872344071119343}} is the sum of a prime and a product of at most two primes. References Citations ^ Chen, J.R. (1966). "On the representation of a large even integer as the sum of a prime and the product of at most two primes". Kexue Tongbao. 11 (9): 385–386. ^ Jump up to: a b Chen, J.R. (1973). "On the representation of a larger even integer as the sum of a prime and the product of at most two primes". Sci. Sinica. 16: 157–176. ^ Ross, P.M. (1975). "On Chen's theorem that each large even number has the form (p1+p2) or (p1+p2p3)". J. London Math. Soc. Series 2. 10, 4 (4): 500–506. doi:10.1112/jlms/s2-10.4.500. ^ University of St Andrews - Alfréd Rényi ^ Cai, Y.C. (2002). "Chen's Theorem with Small Primes". Acta Mathematica Sinica. 18 (3): 597–604. doi:10.1007/s101140200168. S2CID 121177443. ^ Yamada, Tomohiro (2015-11-11). "Explicit Chen's theorem". arXiv:1511.03409 [math.NT]. Books Nathanson, Melvyn B. (1996). Additive Number Theory: the Classical Bases. Graduate Texts in Mathematics. Vol. 164. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 0-387-94656-X. Chapter 10. Wang, Yuan (1984). Goldbach conjecture. World Scientific. ISBN 9971-966-09-3. External links Jean-Claude Evard, Almost twin primes and Chen's theorem Weisstein, Eric W. "Chen's Theorem". MathWorld. Categories: Theorems in analytic number theoryTheorems about prime numbersChinese mathematical discoveries

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